Solstice Festival

June 17-19, 2022  |  10am-8:30pm  |  Middleton Park, Oak Island, NC

Music, Arts & Crafts, Food Trucks & Vendors! What else can we say? – Come out to play at the beach!  

Join Us for our 2nd Annual Solstice by the Sea Festival at Middleton Park Oak Island!

MUSIC, DANCING, ARTS & CRAFTS, POETRY, STORY TELLING, FOOD &  Much More!, Saturday, June 17-19, 2022 10 AM-8:00 PM –  

The Hatch Brothers 7pm

Join us for this free community event! This day is brought to you by Brunswick Arts Council, & Friends of Oak Island Parks.  The Middleton Sports Fields (46th & Dolphin St.) will have multiple places set up –

Stage Music & More

Friday Performance Middleton Park

6:30 – 8:30 PM        Tim Clark Band  ( Shag Demo )

Saturday Performances Middleton Park

10 AM          Casey Townsend and Waterway Students

10:50 AM     Voice of Adonai

11:40 AM      R & R

12:25 PM      J & B Bluzz

1:10 PM        Carolina Sound

2:00 PM       Blues Deville

3:15 PM        Parlay

4:30 PM        DHIM

5:45 PM        Tina Smith

6:30-8 PM    The Hatch Brothers

BAC Hospitality Tent 

10 AM -7 PM  Brunswick Arts Council events TBA

Arts & Crafts Vendors & Community Booths

10 AM to @5 PM        Visit these different artists & community booths— buy a gift, find that gift or cool art you’ve always wanted or come meet your neighbors. And see what community groups are helping to make Brunswick County special!

Vendor Application 

Solstice Wish Tent

BAC Hospitality Tents 

10 AM -8 PM  Brunswick Arts Council

  • Vender check in
  • Water station
  • Save A Vet Now Art Sales
  • Woodard Day Center Art Sales

Our Sponsors are:

Bronze Level

Patrons

Friends

Food Truck Rodeo

Food Truck Vendors provided by Friends of Oak Island Parks and Recreation

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Oak Island Friends of Parks Foundation

PO Box 496

Oak Island, NC 28465

910-278-5518

$100 per truck. Please make check payable to the Oak Island Friends of Parks Foundation

Click here for food truck application form

Enjoy the eats!

Sunday, June 19  – Film Festival at AMUZU Theater, Southport

New event for this year – we will be celebrating  the “short film “ and encourage you to come see what our local film artists have created. Films will be 15 minutes (or less)- entries will be screened and juried – selected for showing.

2:30 PM               AMUZU Doors open

3:00 PM               Film Festival Starts

5:50 PM               Awards Presented

6:00 PM              Film Festival Ends

Attend the Film Festival

Tickets will be available online purchase only $20/ each. Each ticket will receive a bottle of water, popcorn & snack!  Seating is limited to 95 people.  Print your receipt and bring it with you to the venue.

CLICK HERE to PURCHASE TICKETS.

WANT TO ENTER YOUR FILM?

Are you a film maker?  If you have a short film – (15 minutes or less) that has been created  recently, please CLICK HERE to Learn about the guidelines and entry process.

Online Arts & Crafts Vendor ApplicationDownload Vendor Application (PDF)

Arts & Parts Runway Show 

Runway Artist Call

We are excited to announce the 2nd annual Arts & Parts Fashion & Costume Runway Contest. Recycled fashions must be made of at least 75% recycled or reused materials that otherwise would be thrown away or recycled. Vintage clothes on their own will not be accepted. Complete outfits are recommended. Only one prize per designer.

How to participate: (Adults & Seniors)  and June 18 :

  1. For Adult/Senior entries and show will be at our Solstice by the SEA Festival at Middleton Park on Oak Island, NC. FREE Entry. Must register in advance using  online entry form below.  “Runway show” style feel in daylight on an outdoor stage. It will be covered and in the shade. Contestants are encouraged to strut their recycled stuff on stage at our Solstice by the SEA Festival June 18, 2022. Arts & Parts Runway contestant Must be over 21 to enter. Entry fee $25. Register to enter using the online form below. Please note that children & relatives of BAC employees and Board members may submit an entry, but are not eligible to win cash prizes. All awards will be determined by an outside judge.

Prizes- Adult $150 1st place, 2nd Ribbon, 3rd Ribbon. Senior $100 1st place, 2nd Place Ribbon, 3rd Place Ribbon. Fascinator Hat $100 1st Place, 2nd Place Ribbon, 3rd Place Ribbon. $50 for  “People’s Choice. “ You may design a: 1) complete outfit  or 2)  fascinator hat by itself. Entries may be limited or capped. Accepted entries will be notified and will receive one (1) “Artist Pass” to allow them to participate in the event. You must model and wear your entry on the runway.  Family & friends must purchase an event ticket to view runway portion of the evening. Please note that BAC employees and Board members may submit an entry, but are not eligible to win cash prizes. All awards will be determined by an outside judge.

  1. Youth entries show will be at our 2nd Annual Solstice by the SEA Festival June 18, 2022, at Middleton Park on Oak Island, NC.     FREE Entry. Must register in advance using  online entry form below.  The youth runway show will be “Runway show” style feel in daylight on an outdoor stage. It will be covered and in the shade. Contestants are encouraged to strut their recycled stuff on stage at our Solstice by the SEA Festival June 18, 2022. Entry is Free. 1st Place Ribbon, 2nd Place Ribbon, 3rd Place Ribbon. Please note that children & relatives of BAC employees and Board members may submit an entry, but are not eligible to win cash prizes. All awards will be determined by an outside judge.

We hope to display the outfits from both events Fashion Show online and our BAC YouTube channel so folks that missed the show can still see your works of art.

For creative up-cyclers and recyclers of all ages! Tape, trash bags, Styrofoam, paper….the list of materials is limited only by your imagination.

Look online and get inspired! Look in the recycling bin, or junk drawer and see what you can find to turn into an outfit. Eco style & Fashion – go traditional or go runway wild!

Show us what you can make!

Entries may be limited or capped.

Entry Form

Entry Fee $

Here are some Examples:


Sponsorship Opportunities:

The Artist Trail

Are you interested in participating on the Brunswick Arts Trail? Would you like to be listed and have a web page on the site & link to mobile trail? Stay tuned to more information about this new program.

 

Artists Trail Categories:

  • Artist 
  • Galleries 
  • Studios 
  • Cafes & Coffee 
  • Orgs & Co-ops 
  • Theatres 
  • Festivals 
  • Community Art 
  • Performance Art
  • Classes 

Dancing On Air

Dancing on Air is in its 5th season of offering free weekly dance classes to communities across the county.  We have worked with the Calabash, Cedar Grove, Navassa communities in collaboration with Wilmington Ballet, Brunswick Ballet & Inspirations Dance Studio to offer weekly classes in Navassa (Monday evenings) and Cedar Grove (Wednesday evenings). 

Funding for this program is received from NC Arts Council, Brunswick County, Leland Rotary Club with donation of in-kind supplies and ballet shoes from Sansha.

Classes have been put on hiatus due to Covid19. We are exploring opportunities to restart this program as soon as it is safe to sustain long term contact inside.

1) Navassa 6-8pm on Monday. Contact Shawnta’ Graham at Navassa Community Center, 338 Main St. at 910.880.3300; and 

2) Cedar Grove 6-8 pm on Wednesday. Contact Sandra Robinson at Cedar Grove Community Center, 1529 Turkey trap Rd SW at 910.880.3300


Public Performances

Dancing on Air has performed in December at the Southport Winterfest Celebration. In 2019, they were also able to experience performing on stage at Odel working in a scene from The Nutcracker.

Master Classes

Dancing on Air students were able to attend a Master class in February 2020 held by Alvin Ailey II Troupe in Navassa. They were able to learn some of the most iconic Ailey dance movements, including sections of choreography from Revelations.


Dancing On Air Sponsors

Scholarship Program

Each year, the Brunswick Arts Council provides two or more $1,000 scholarships to Brunswick County High School students.  Graduating seniors from across the county, West Brunswick, South Brunswick , North Brunswick, Early College High School  as well as home schooled and charter schools with an interest in pursuing Arts in college are eligible.

Click Here For 2021 BAC Scholarship Application & Forms

Application process is handled by the guidance offices of each school and all eligible students are encouraged to apply.

In 2021, BAC provided three (3) separate scholarships to:

  • Louisa Wren Whalen (South Brunswick High $1,000)
  • Gilbert Raylond (West Brunswick High $500 from GFWC and $500 BAC)
  • Nyu Huynh (North Brunswick High $1,000)

Louisa Wren Whalen from South Brunswick High School is a recipient of the 2020-21 Brunswick Arts Council Scholarship. She will be attending UNC Greensboro in the fall. Through your hard work and determination you have proven to be a student that your arts community wants to recognize and encourage to continue your educational effort. BAC board wishes you all the best in your pursuit of higher education.

Gilbert Raylond from West Brunswick High School is a recipient of the 2020-2021 Brunswick Arts Council Scholarship. He will be attending UNC Pembroke in the fall. Through your hard work and determination you have proven to be a student that your arts community wants to recognize and encourage to continue your educational effort. BAC board wishes you all the best in your pursuit of higher education.

Nyu Huynh from North Brunswick High School is a recipient of the 2020-2021 Brunswick Arts Council Scholarship. She will be attending UNC Chapel Hill in the fall. Through your hard work and determination you have proven to be a student that your arts community wants to recognize and encourage to continue your educational effort. BAC board wishes you all the best in your pursuit of higher education.

Brunswick Arts Council celebrates songwriting, poetry  & literature

Ekphrastic Art Workshop

 

Feb 19, 2022 1 pm – 5 pm 

 

Inspirations Dance Center
91 W Boiling Spring Drive
Southport, NC

 

Class size – 20 people – to register contact:
Execdir.brunswickartscouncil@gmail.com

An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.
And oppositely, the act of creating a visual artwork can contribute to the creation of poetry. Let’s do both in an afternoon of art discovery & fun.
The class of 20 will be split into 2 groups of 10 each. Each will spend an hour and a half in poetry then another hour and a half in painting.

RUN for the ARTS

March 13, 2021

The Link to “It’s Go Time Registration” will be posted here later this fall for ease of online sign up.  

If you would like to be a sponsor click here for the sponsor categories.

Winterfest 2021December 11, 2021Franklin Square Park, Southport NC

Winterfest 2021 was a huge success! Franklin Square Park was full of craft vendors, food and loads of holiday cheer. Our day of performances were amazing you can see them below!  We can’t wait for Winterfest 2022.

The 21st Annual Fall Exhibition & SaleOctober 18 to 30, 2021

Brunswick Arts Council Annual Visual Arts Show

This annual event began in 2000 and each year we rotate the show to a different venue. Join us for our 21st year this October, 2021 at Franklin Square Gallery, Southport NC.  This year’s Judge is Tony Vivaldi.

Many small community arts groups (photographers, painters, pottery, etc.) around the county come together to help make this annual juried arts show happen. There are different categories and award levels.

New to the area or been here forever? Share what inspires you to create with your fellow Brunswick artists & residents – we encourage you to enter your work!

Ready to get involved? We need volunteers to help make this show a success! If you are interested in volunteering, download the application below and email it to us at execdir.brunswickartscouncil@gmail.com

Enter ProspectusVolunteer ApplicationMore Info

Workshops

“Ekphrastic Art Workshop”

February 19, 2022 1:00-5:00pm
Location to be announced at a later date
$40 person
An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.
And oppositely, the act of creating a visual artwork can contribute to the creation of poetry. Let’s do both in an afternoon of art discovery & fun. The class of 20 will be split into 2 groups of 10 each. Each will spend an hour and a half in poetry then another hour and a half in painting.

Pre-registration only – class size 20 people. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Phillip Shabazz (Poetry)

Join us at this special workshop as part of the BAC Literary Arts Committee, to be held at the Inspirations Dance Centre in Boiling Spring Lakes August 7th. We are pleased to present this poetry portion of the Ekphrastic workshop taught by Phillip Shabazz exploring visual art through the expression and creation of poetry. Open to 20 students (high-school through adults/silver-seniors), this class will be a powerful experience to work with a master craftsman and wordsmith. As a poet, author, and teaching artist, Phillip Shabazz has built an outstanding, extensive, and respected career. His work, which explores issues of community and culture in America, has been acclaimed by the media, critics, and audiences across North Carolina. His writing expresses diverse points of view, from poems about family and friends challenged by the complexities of life, to narratives that celebrate human possibilities.

Nancy Turner (Painting)

Nancy Turner will be teaching the painting portion of this Ekphrastic art workshop. Southport resident and visual artist, Nancy Turner, describes it as a blessing to live in such a beautiful place. Saying that it provides her a constant source of inspiration for art. Landscapes, coastal scenery, and wildlife are common themes in her work. Work that she has perfected on her own, without a formal background in art. Being self-taught, Nancy seeks new artistic opportunities for growth. She opts to take on new types of projects, work with new mediums, and step out of her comfort zone as often as she can. A collaborative project for the “Under the Sea” 30-foot mural at Holden Beach Park is a recent example of this. Yet, like so many artistic pursuits, a great support system is critical. Nancy credits Mary Beth Livers, Executive Director of Brunswick Art Council, for providing her with support for her artistic efforts. She, in turn, pays this support forward by sharing what she knows with others as a teacher of acrylics and alcohol inks in Southport. If you liked to see more from Nancy, you can visit the Lunabelles Art and Gallery in Leland. Or find her work online at Https://Facebook.com/LunabellesShops/ and 2ndHandrose.redbubble.com.

Varied

BAC is in the process of creating a series of workshops in a variety of categories – including professional development series for artists.

Grassroot Grant$

Submission Deadline September 10th, 2021.

BAC Mural Program

Creating Public Art across Brunswick County is one of the goals adapted by the Board of Directors in Fall 2019.  

If you have a building/wall or space in Brunswick County that you would like to have painted – contact the Arts Council and we can see about partnering to help move your ideas for public art forward!

The Holden Beach 2020 Mural

The first piece was created at Holden Beach design by Gaetin Lowrie & Nancy Turner.  Sherwin Williams of Holden Beach donated the pain and materials.

Using an Under the Ocean Theme & and a Paint by Numbers technique, the mural was painted in March 2020.  The Run for the Arts scheduled to begin & end at the mural was cancelled due to the 1st case of Covid19 announced in Brunswick County on the day of the race.  

Join us for March 2021 as we tackle another mural at Holden Beach & the 2nd Run for the Arts. 


My Community Mural

Tell us about your community project and mural idea.  Don’t forget to provide your name, organization (if you are requesting on behalf on one), contact information, cell/email/text and bit about the idea.

Submit a Mural Idea

Mural Program Sponsored by the Town of Holden Beach, NC

FREE EVENT Bring your coolers and lawn chairs to Franklin Square Park. Join Brunswick Arts Council for a great day of celebrating all things Celtic. Storytelling, Dancing, Children’s Crafts, Highlands Games, and Live Music. SEE LINEUP BELOW

HIghland Games include- Sheaf Toss, Haggis Hurling, Ring Game, Corn Hole, Sheep Toss, May Pole, Sisters of Hibernia children’s crafts and activities, BAC Wish Tent

Lineup

MUSIC by
11- Welcome and National Anthem
11:10- Dirk Spit (Bagpipes)
11:30-11:40 Shenon Bone (Irish Dance)
11:40-12:00 Jesse Vipperman (Mandolin)
12:10- Jerry McCarthy (Music)
12:40- Shenon Bone (Irish Dance)
12:50-1:00 Dirk Spit (Bagpipes)
1:00-1:10 Katie Compton Boyd and son William Compton Stewart (Storytelling)
1:10- Jamie Dooley (Acoustic)
1:30- Black Sails Adventure Co. presents Pirate Tales (Storyteller)
1:40- Nowcat (Music)
2:00-2:10-Jamie Lynn Robinson (Storytelling)
2:10-Southport Shanty Chanty Crew (Music)
2:30-2:40 Benjamin T Higgins (Storyteller)
2:40- Casey Silar on Hoops
3:00-3:10 Marty Mentzer (Storyteller)
3:10- Elizabeth Day (Music)
3:30- Doug McKenna (Storyteller)
3:40- Doug McKenna and Dirk Mercer (Music)
4:00-4:10 Katherine Moore (Storyteller)
4:10-4:20 Mary Beth (BAC)
4:20- Dirk Mercer (Music)
4:40- Dirk Spit (Bagpipes), Parting Glass,
Thank you Farewell
FOOD by
Southport Cheese Shoppe
Kirley’s Breads & Pastries
BAC Water Station

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